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Back to the Future? Creating sustainable economies
Crofting is a form of small land tenure unique to the Highlands of Scotland that historically has allowed for part-time, small-scale food production and cattle rearing on relatively poor land by crofters whose labour was also required in neighbouring industry by landowners. Climate change and economic instability, however, have renewed interest in crofting as representing “places of possibility” (Mackenzie, 2013) in opposition to capitalist logic, in offering varieties of future of work (see Mason, 2015; Srnicek and Williams, 2015) and more biodiverse landscapes. This projects addresses a dearth of ethnographic work that considers the social provisioning in these communities, their current and potential role in building more sustainable forms of work and community.
- Gavin McLean, Napier University